ADRIANNA KHOO has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Lantau Trio and Red Cello Quartet since 2010. With a passion for teaching, she pioneered the first Cello Program at KinderU Suzuki Music Academy – the only Suzuki School in China recognized by the International/American Suzuki Associations. Adrianna is currently the Assistant Principal Cellist of the new South Bay Symphony, and has grown the first Suzuki Cello Programs at Sycamore Strings and West Valley Music, in addition to teaching in San Francisco. Adrianna also has a professional background in print/broadcast journalism and public relations.
As a performer, Adrianna produced full house programs across genres at Visage One, Sheung Wan Civic Center, Hong Kong City Hall and the Fringe Club in Hong Kong. From the City Chamber Orchestra’s Forbidden City tour with Celtic dancers in Beijing to all cello renditions of Lady Gaga, Adrianna appreciates eclectic programming. She has played with the New England Philharmonic, Plymouth and Richmond County orchestras. Adrianna served as principal cellist of the University of Southern California Community Orchestra and Sacramento Youth symphonies. She has performed at the Berkeley Noon Concert Series and was the winner of the Sacramento Youth Symphony Concerto Competition.
As a certified Suzuki Method and Orff trained teacher, Ms. Adrianna believes every child can learn when fostering self-motivation through curiosity, time for discovery, and developing ability in pursuit of children’s own interests. Her students have performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and played solo with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, where she served as a coach. As Hong Kong’s first Suzuki cello class, Adrianna’s students represented their country with a special performance during the Matsumoto 2013 Suzuki World Conference. They have raised several thousand dollars organizing benefit concerts for Japan and the Philippines.
With a passion for indie folk rock, Adrianna has produced and performed in several indie rock series at First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Rockwood Music Hall, 169 Bar, The Outpost and other notable New York and Boston venues. She has been an active arranger and performer on various client albums internationally.
Adrianna was a graduate scholarship student of Grammy nominated cellist, Terry King at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa Honors with a B.A. in English from the University of California Berkeley. She holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California, where she earned the Hearst, Asian American Journalist and Lohan scholarships to write in Los Angeles and Cape Town, South Africa. Adrianna was formerly a litigation reporter at the Los Angeles Daily Journal and a Public Relations Specialist for the National I Have a Dream Foundation in New York – a youth development program which has helped more than 15,000 underserved youth go to college.